New Delhi AUGUST 19, 2006

Spiritual Rangolis (By KHURSHEED DINSHAW) Rangolis depicting cosmic pattern are attracting global attention. Mother Nature speaks via symbols like the lines of the

setting horizon, the circle of the sun, the crescent of the moon and lotus petals.

These symbols are an innate part of an individual and his environment. Bharati Mate & Sunil Balkawade vividly display eight fortune symbols to highlight their cosmic energy, utility and universal relevance….

The recipient of numerous awards, Mate pines that majority of Indian art is running on western norms even though it has its own unique spice of colors, forms and space. “Traditional Indian Art can be nurtured and encouraged by the art faculty as presently too much of it is drowned by the excessive western impact. It can certainly stand on its own earthen, traditional flavor,” says Mate whose future plans include setting up constructive, art based firms where women from remote corners of India, would get a chance to innovatively develop their art.


Mumbai, 9th March, 2006

Rangoli on a Canvas by Bharati Mate’s mix-media on canvas is an absolute delight.

This is something so unique you just have to see it to believe it, Pune- based artist

Bharati Mate spent five years researching this technique and the end result is exquisite.

Perhaps for the first time, a Rangoli with all its glorious colors has been presented

vertically mounted and framed, rather unusual we thought.


Pune, 2nd March, 2006

"Rang De"......

Get ready for a play with colors seen rarely before. And this comes from an artist with a

difference Bharati Mate. Mate & Sunil Balkawade experiments with the art form that is Rangavali, titled “Feel Fortunate”, which will have her exploring the world of symbols. The show will concentrate mainly on the eight fortune symbols highlighting cosmic energy, utility and universal relevance.


04th May, 2006

“Cosmic Creations”

Bharati Mate and Sunil Balkawade have transformed Rangoli into a framed art that exudes positive energy. What do their Rangavali Paintings say:

Dot:              Human awareness

Semi-circle: Human Intelligence

Circle:          The wholeness, the progressive brilliance

Swastika:     The energy zoom

Lotus:           Creative existence or the delicate human heart

Cow’s feet:  The humble worship

Pentagon:   Five elements, the human body, vitality, the house of heaven.

The Maharashtra Herald

24th Oct,2006

"Framing Rangolis"

Keeping alive this dying art form!Balkawade says’ “It was my desire to put traditional

rangoli on permanent frames to make them everlasting. A lot of research had to be done on how the colours would be put on canvas and how the impressions would last.”


Pune 06 April 2000

"Bharati Mate's Visual Tour of a Golden Indus"

Her paintings are worth a thousand words. It is a mission rather than ambition to put forward a thought, as Dr. Kapila Vatsayan has put in the following words in her one of the unique article entitled ‘Contribution of arts in the process of social transformation in the third world:’ that no artistic expression is divorced from the level of science at any given moment of history of society; whether individual or collective expression there has always been a symbiosis which had taken place. Science, technology and artistic expression are two facets of the same urge, each enriching and complementing. They are not in opposition or conflict”.

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